Why ‘Lightyear’ Failed to Lift Off: 6 Lessons From Pixar’s Meh $51 Million Opening

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Disney/Pixar’s “Lightyear” fell far short of infinity and beyond with a disappointing $51 million domestic opening. While the animated spinoff of the “Toy Story” franchise wasn’t expected to score the $100 million-plus riches that recent Pixar sequels like “Toy Story 4,” “Incredibles 2” and “Finding Dory” had won, the film had been projected to open to more than $75 million in North America and over $125 million globally.

Instead, it fell behind the second-weekend grosses of Universal’s “Jurassic World: Dominion” on the domestic charts and opened worldwide to $85.6 million, a total that roughly matches Pixar’s first big box office flop, 2015’s “The Good Dinosaur.” Like “Lightyear,” “The Good Dinosaur” had a budget of around $200 million and failed to turn a profit with just $332 million grossed worldwide.

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Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • jeremy.fuster@thewrap.com • Twitter: @jeremyfuster